NCAIED Announces Native American Indian Business Scholarship Award Winners
Winners to be honored during NCAIED Business Collaboration Luncheon at RES New Mexico

SANTA FE, NM – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) recently announced four winners of its Native American Business Scholarships. The scholarship recipients will be honored at the NCAIED Business Collaboration Luncheon on Wednesday, November 18th as a part of the Reservation Economic Summit (RES) New Mexico. Scholarship winners must be full-time collegiate juniors, seniors, or graduate students majoring in a business-related field. Applicants are evaluated based on grades, community involvement, personal challenges, business experience, and the quality of their personal essay. This year, awards totaled $13,500.

“This year’s crop of scholarship winners is an incredibly impressive and talented group of emerging Native American business leaders,” said NCAIED President and CEO Gary Davis. “We are pleased to be able to support them as they strive to reach their educational goals, and look forward to their contributions to advancing economic development in Indian Country. Congratulations to these very deserving scholarship winners.”

The 2015 winners are:

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Vaughn Vargas – Ongweoweh Native American Scholarship ($4,500). Vaughn is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux, and is currently majoring in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota. Vaughn is also a recipient of NCAIED’s “Native American 40 under 40” award for 2015.

Ray Martin – Ongweoweh Native American Scholarship ($4,500). Ray is a member of the Smith River Rancheria and a student at Columbia University School of Law in New York City. He has also worked for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, focusing on public policy.

Candice Wilson – Lockheed Martin Native American Scholarship ($2,500). Candice is a member of the Lummi Nation and a student at Northwest Indian College, where she is pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Tribal Governance and Business Management. She has served on the Lummi Indian Business Council for the last nine years.

Jessie Big Knife – Lockheed Martin Native American Scholarship ($2,000). Jessie is a member of the Chippewa-Cree and is enrolled at Upper Iowa University, where he is majoring in Business Administration. After graduation, he plans to attend law school and focus on either Indian or environmental law.


About NCAIED: The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – we have evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation. Our motto is: “We Mean Business For Indian Country” as we are actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people- both now… and for generations to come.

CONTACT: Lewis Lowe,202-333-2234

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